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First Time
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By Gary James Smith
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First Time 

First time here Lord 
Can You hear me
First time here Lord I say
And all of my shattered dreams and brokenness 
I bring them to the Cross today
I lay them down I cannot bear the burden
I lay them down
they've brought me emptiness
I lay them down I'd rather have Your fullness Lord
For only You ...You alone can bless

My hope is built on Your righteousness Lord
For You are the  thrice Holy One
You hung for my sin there at Calvary
Even though...You... Yourself had none
My humbled heart has met its Maker
The Word becoming flesh for me
Thou art my hosanna... in the Highest
For my fount of blessing is found in Thee

In early morning I shall praise Thee Lord
My heart is full of thanksgiving grace
I know the sweetness of sins forgiveness 
I've met the Master face to face
Your Holy Spirit... my Purifier
Sealed my pardon by His power
I shall never forget His entrance
In my heart that repentant hour

O Hallelujah what a Saviour
A new beginning now so divine
I exchanged my sin for His Salvation
The transaction's done... He now is mine
Where better to glory but in the Cross
The Centerpiece of God's love
Who took sins penalty on our behalf
And rose again that we might live!

O Hallelujah what a Saviour
A new beginning now so divine
I exchanged my sin for His Salvation
The transaction's done...He now is mine!

Hallelujah what a Saviour!

Copyright June 13  2020  5:33 AM

Gary James Smith


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Submitted: Saturday, June 13, 2020

Last Updated: Saturday, June 13, 2020

About the Poet
I came to know the Lord as my personal Saviour in January of 1972. I was married on Oct 21,1966 to my wife Linda who also loves the Lord. We have ten children and now twenty-four grand children. In Aug 2012 we got the announcement of the birth of our first GREAT grand child (a baby girl). I was thrilled to find others of like precious faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! What a Savior! I am presently living in Champion, Alberta, Canada but we are originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. That is where the poem Canadian Tribute to America was birthed. One Sunday as I walked across the city on my way to church I came to the top of a hill and looked across at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After watching the events of the Sept 11 tragedy it was weighing on my heart and mind and the Lord gave me these words. We came to Calgary and when my oldest daughter saw this poem she said, �Dad, what�s this?� and I said a poem and she replied �Dad, that�s not a poem , that�s a song� and she then went to the piano and began to sing and play it. The result of which turned into a song entitled, A Canadian Tribute to America which she recorded on CD. garyjamessmith2005@yahoo.ca


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